Berenson in a Vogue fashion shoot in Capri, 1968. Photograph: Arnaud de Rosnay/ Conde Nast via Getty Images
Kubrick was, she recollects,” absolutely kind and respected, and exceedingly delightful. He never grew his voice, he was always very gentle, but he required what he required, so if he wanted a scene shot 50 days then it would be killed 50 occasions. Yes, he was a perfectionist and he required you to give the best of yourself, and he expected parties is currently available .” She said he understood that, she contributes.” Every great person I’ve worked with, whether a director or photographer, they have this exceptional kind of rarity. You have to be necessitating, you have to be a perfectionist, you have to know what you want, and you have to have the best of what you can have because otherwise you don’t do extraordinary things .”
Her acting career had get off to an electrifying start, but Berenson walked away.” I got married shortly after that, so my profession sort of …” She interrupts, then says crisply,” I employed everything on hold for a period of time, which was a choice .” Her marriage to rivet financier Jim Randall didn’t last.” And then I went through a series of very challenging things in my life, so I had to kind of move through all of that and come out the other side. I had a marriage, a divorce, a vehicle gate-crash”- she was injured, but the two parties in the other car were killed- “and another marriage and another divorce.”
She started working again, in theater and European films, but nothing of her personas have had the same impact as her first three. Does she regret not pushing her job?” I can’t regret anything because I had a great, beautiful daughter ,” she says.” And now I have a granddaughter, so I’m stimulated. With Hollywood, I don’t know what would have happened if I had stayed. It’s true that Barry Lyndon was such an amazing thing for me, that had I continued on that road, maybe, I don’t know … But one prepares selects and I cleared that select at the time so I can’t regret it .”
There doesn’t seem much chamber in Berenson’s life for negativity. She takes her spiritual rehearsal very seriously, and it has examined her through the toughest seasons, she says, among them the deaths among her sister Berry, a talented photographer who was a passenger on one of the planes that pop the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Berenson was also in the air that day, flying to New York, when her plane was diverted to Newfoundland, where she was stuck for several days.” We were put into this big stadium place, and there were counters they had organised with fruit and a toothbrush and a piece of soap, and medical whatever, and then a whole route of telephones on another table .” She announced her daughter, who the hell is furiously been trying to track her down, and learned what had happened to Berry. She recollects accompanying a pastor, a fellow fare, to a tiny church on a hill where “theyre saying” devotions and sang songs.
It must be a particularly unpleasant loss because those likeness are so vivid, and are still used in reports and documentaries all the time. She nods.” To see that tower incessantly, it’s awful. It’s so huge and so beyond anything imaginable .”
She has been able to deal with it, she says, because of her spirituality.” I try and look at things on a different level of consciousness, and I connect with my sister all the time. So that helps a lot .” She adds, very sincerely:” I believe that so strongly that I never feel alone and I ever known better I’m been incorporated into higher powers .”
When she ogles back, does she certainly had not yet been sadness?” Sometimes I remember maybe I consumed too much time on things. But in the end, I talk myself out of it- nothing is a waste of time, because everything is a proliferating process .”
Berenson isn’t slacking. She spent much of last year in Paris doing a musical, realising her dream to sing and dance. Three years ago, she took on Shakespeare for the first time, performing in London’s West Intent in Kenneth Branagh’s production of Romeo and Juliet.” I don’t let age get in the way of “peoples lives”. I is ongoing to do the things I just wanted to do and thank God I’m able to do it .” Nobody likes going old, she says,” but it can also be glorious. I feel better about a lot of things now than I did when I was younger, and creatively I contemplate I’m much better. I’m more secure within myself .”
By now it’s late afternoon, and a far-off call to prayer comes shimmering through the warm breath. She likes this time of day- she’ll watch cinemas, or read books. Perhaps have a swim. A era for contemplation, and proposing. What does she want to achieve?” Heaps of things. I’m not finished yet .”